From Page to Screen in 2017

Check out these novels before their movie adaptations hit theaters this year:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman – Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

Movie release date: March 31, 2017
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl, Johan Heldenbergh

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.

Movie release date: April 7, 2017
Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay

The Circle by Dave Eggers – Hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to question her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

Movie release date: April 28, 2017
Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Karen Gillan Continue reading

Inspiration for the New Year

fieldguidetolies.jpgAnother fresh slate of 365 days has arrived. You may already have a few personal goals for this year in mind, but if you’re just looking for a little inspiration on how to improve upon your day-to-day life, try one of these books on for size:

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin – Outlines recommendations for critical thinking practices that meet the challenges of the digital age’s misinformation, demonstrating the role of science in information literacy while explaining the importance of skeptical reasoning in making decisions based on online information.

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control by Walter Mischel – Discusses whether willpower can be taught and offers strategies for improving and mastering self-control and applying it to everyday challenges like losing weight, quitting smoking, and overcoming heartbreak.

Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go Here by Mark Di Vincenzo – Suggests the best times of the day, week, month, and life to do a variety of things–from getting married to scheduling a surgery, from visiting Rome to walking one’s dog–in a resource that offers health and travel tips, money-saving ideas, and more.

Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S.J. Scott – Suggests quick habits that can instantly improve your life in addition to helping you create a simple routine (managed by a checklist) that you repeat on a daily basis, with tools that will keep you motivated and consistent.

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change by Timothy D. Wilson – A psychologist proposes techniques to tweak and reframe internal self-narratives to lead healthy, more productive lives and discusses the best way to recover from trauma and explains why self-help books may make you feel less happy after reading them.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You by Deepak Chopra – Explains how the body is a reflection of the mind, inviting readers to satisfy their desires in a life rich with joy and meaning, and guiding them step-by-step through their renewal process.

Do Less, Get More: How to Work Smart and Live Life Your Way by Sháá Wasmund – Offers advice on using time more effectively, including how to stop putting things off, nurture support networks, and schedule for value.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero – Offers a blunt and irreverent guide to achieving the money, relationships, career, and happiness that one desires through recognizing and doing away with self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors.

Top Titles of 2016

Here are the books that circulated the most this year throughout the JMRL system:


  1. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
  1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – After an appendix operation puts her in the hospital, New York writer Lucy Barton reconnects with her estranged mother as the pair reminisce about the past.
  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.


  1. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – Living alone on the streets of Boston, Magnus Chase learns he is the son of a Norse god, from an uncle his mother claimed was dangerous.
  1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – A first entry in a new series follows the experiences of two survivors of apocalyptic disasters that have decimated life on Earth and transformed nearly everyone into crazed killers.
  1. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Cast down from Olympus and transformed into a human after angering Zeus, a weak and disoriented Apollo arrives in New York City as a regular teen and is forced to survive in the modern world while endeavoring to regain Zeus’ favor.


  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne – As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney – When his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free, Greg misses the comforts and conveniences of modern life.
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.


  1. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.
  1. The Whistler by John Grisham – Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.